5 travel uniforms for long-haul flights
When you’ve finally finished packing your suitcase with all your sartorial essentials for your next holidays, here comes the time to think of your travel outfit that you’ll be sitting (or sleeping) in for up to 24 hours. When it comes to airport style, nothing beats comfy trousers and a loose jumper, but it still has to look chic and stylish for when you land at your final destination.
For in-flight fashion, favour natural, cosy fabrics that you’d wear in the comfort of your home. Make sure that your mile-high wares are warm enough to protect your from air conditioning and an undesirable cold, and bring extra layers just in case. Whether it’s a luxe sweater or sporty leggings, everyone can find their go-to travel uniform and avoid the 4am hassle in search of pieces to wear on a cramped, stuffy plane.
Being on a long-haul flight makes for the perfect excuse to wear polished joggers outside the gym. A black wool version looks more chic than other options and for a complete athleisure look, pair with an extra-long hoodie to snuggle in when you’re napping. If you’re going to a winter destination, layering is a must and this luxurious cashmere coat will see you transition from the airport lounge to your snowy holidays in effortless style. Add a pair of sneakers to stay cool and casual and you’ll have the perfect outfit to curl into a ball in your seat on a long overnight flight.
If you’re travelling business class, you’re in need of an airport uniform that’s part polished part cosy. A luxe wool and silk sweater is the ideal item to stay comfortable and breezy when travelling cross-country and you can always zip up a faux fur jacket on top when things get freezing on board. Wide-leg pants are a dream to wear on any occasion and are refined enough for a meeting straight upon arrival so there’s no need to change in a rush in the plane’s toilets. Slide in a pair of Chelsea boots that are both practical and easy to take off when going through security, while being a trendy addition to your look.
WARM & COMFY
For those who are always cold, airplanes are a real struggle especially with the random temperature drops in a tight and stuffy space. To survive a long flight when you’re mid-air, wear a pair of fitted wool trousers and an oversized cashmere jumper that make for a cosy, no-frills travel uniform. Wrap an extra layer of cashmere around your neck to add colour and texture to your outfit and avoid a sore throat on the first day of your vacation. Now if you love shopping duty free in airports, sneakers are a the flying footwear go-to when you need to pick up last minute gifts before boarding. Choose chunky styles to hide the ugly but very necessary compression socks.
If you’re hopping on a flight straight from work, your travel uniform should be a balance of in-flight comfort and office appropriate staples. A pair of mom denim is the most versatile item if you’re having a busy day ahead and a long overnight flight afterwards as it’s a relaxed fit that still looks fashionable. Wear with a black bulky knit that is elegant and warm, while being loose enough to wrap around your shoulders on the plane. Bucket bags are a small, yet roomy travel companion to fit all your in-flight necessities and that you can cinch close to ensure nothing falls when stored underneath your seat. Add a pair of furry slip-on mules that you can take off or snuggle in during the flight.
Dresses on a long flight might not seem practical but choosing a soft alpaca midi dress is the way to go. It’s a relaxed fit that still looks preppy, and an effortless outfit if you’re going for drinks straight out of the plane. Pack a pair of stretch leggings and wool socks in your bag to wear in the cabin to stay warm and comfortable. If you’re always running late, leather zip boots are better to deal with than shoelaces at security and you can still rush to the gate on low heels while looking classy.